100m champ Usain Bolt put off by London rules
The fastest man at the London Olympics, Usain Bolt slammed the Games’ organisers on Sunday night even as the Jamaican basked in glory after his 9.63-second 100m dash.
Bold appeared peeved at stringent security measures (that prevented him from carrying his skipping rope) and seemingly high-handed officials. “The guy was telling us to line up.
We were about to race and we were being told to stand in a straight line. It is kind of weird,” he told the media.
London 2012 chairman Sebastian Coe promised to look into why the 100m world champion was prevented from taking a skipping rope through security. Coe said: “I will look at this, I presume the skipping rope was a warm-up aid so I will look at that. Some of it has been slightly lost in the translation, every venue is different, there are different protocols. I have raced in pretty much most places and that’s the nature of it. It was a broad point about different protocols and I don’t read too much into it.”
The Jamaican said he really enjoyed being in the athletes’ village but was irritated by the amount of red tape. Bolt said: “The Games have been okay, a little bit different from Beijing. There are a lot of rules, oh my God. You can’t do anything.
“I was coming and wanted to bring my tablets in and they said I couldn’t. I asked why. It is just a rule. I had my skipping rope in my bag and they said I can’t bring it in. Why? It is just a rule.
“What if I need to take a rubber band inside to stretch I can’t take it inside because it is a rule. It is just very small rules that don’t make any sense to me.” Earlier, he told reporters: “Great Britain is a wonderful place. They’ve done so well, I’ve been watching the cycling and the rowing, they’ve done so well. It’s just a great Olympics, it’s just a great place.” A survey by London 2012’s marketing partners has shown overwhelming support for the Games, added Coe. “Latest research shows that nearly 90 per cent of the population describe themselves as having been very, very impressed by what they have seen.”